Lincoln’s Legacy the Theme of Kitsap’s Annual ‘Law Day’April 29th, 2009 by josh farley
Kitsap’s “Law Day” festivities this Friday will focus on President Abraham Lincoln, in honor of his 200th birthday.
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton will deliver the
keynote address Friday morning, heading up a program entitled, “”A
Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial,”
according to Paul Fjelstad, president of the Kitsap County Bar Association.
The festivities will kick off at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Kitsap County Commissioners’ Chambers.
Here’s more from Mr. Fjelstad:
“The ceremony will also honor several Kitsap County residents.
Olson, the commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap, and his top Judge
Advocate General officers, will present the annual Outstanding Navy Legal
Professional award to Lt. Chad Temple of Naval Base Kitsap.
The Kitsap County Bar Association will present medals and cash
local students who wrote the best essays in its annual essay contest. This
year’s essay questions continued the theme of Lincoln’s legacy, by asking
students to consider Lincoln’s life and presidency in connection with
America in the 21st century.
The Kitsap County Bar Association’s Scholarship Fund will
present a full
one-year scholarship at Olympic College to South Kitsap High School Student
Audrey Coleman. This annual scholarship award was established in memory of
long-time Bremerton attorney Merrill Wallace.
Kitsap Legal Services will recognize volunteer lawyers who have
especially generous in donating their time and providing free legal services
to Kitsap residents who need but cannot afford legal help. The Law Day
program will also recognize local students who are active in the county’s
Youth Court Program.
Finally, the Kitsap County Bar Association will present its
Bell Award – the Bar Association’s highest honor – to Lillian Walker. Mrs.
Walker is a 94-year-old resident of Kitsap County who has spent her life
working for civil rights and racial equality.
The first Law Day was proclaimed in 1958 by President Dwight
1961, the tradition was strengthened with a joint resolution of Congress
setting May 1 as Law Day. Throughout the country, local groups celebrate Law
Day each year at the beginning of May. In Kitsap County, our Law Day
Celebration has for many years been the Kitsap County Bar Association’s
premier event of the year, under the co-sponsorship of the Kitsap County
Superior Court. The Association and the Court invite all of Kitsap County to
join in celebrating our Legacy of Liberty this Friday, May 1.”